Embossing – eco printmaking with Tracey Bush


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About this course

Create original artworks using eco-friendly processes. Embossed prints can be made from handcut paper and cardboard blocks, wire and found objects.

Course Description

During this one day course, you will learn how to create a range of embossed surfaces on heavy etching paper. All the materials are non toxic and have a low environmental impact.

The tutor has developed techniques for creating blocks for embossing, using paper, card and wire. You will be guided through the safe use of the press and nipping press, preparing paper and how to dry the resulting prints.

Embossings can be made into artists’ books; this will be discussed with examples.

The tutor trained at the prestigious Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts where she obtained her MA (Fine Art) in Printmaking, specialising in embossing.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course, the tutor will supply most of the materials, including the materials to make the blocks and some papers for the final proof prints. Additional papers or tools will need to be purchased from the Craft Shop.

What students need to bring

  • A cutting mat
  • A craft knife (with retractable blade)
  • An apron
  • A pencil case
  • A sketchbook and ideas for print imagery

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Extra printing paper, boards for blocks
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Tracey Bush

Tracey Bush trained as an illustrator, and successfully freelanced for many years. She has produced a series of books, which have been acquired by the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate Britain and the Marvin Sackner Collection of Concrete Poetry. In 2014 Tracey was commissioned to create the large scale 'Ports of the World' butterfly box, which is installed on the P&O cruise ship, Britannia.

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